Quirk (?), n. [Written also querk.] [Cf W. chwiori to turn briskly, or E. queer.]
A sudden turn; a starting from the point or line; hence, an artful evasion or subterfuge; a shift; a quibble; as, the quirks of a pettifogger.
or . . . evasion."
We ground the justification of our nonconformity on dark subtilties and intricate quirks.
A fit or turn; a short paroxysm; a caprice.
of joy and grief."
A smart retort; a quibble; a shallow conceit.
Some odd quirks and remnants of wit.
An irregular air; as, light quirks of music.
A piece of ground taken out of any regular ground plot or floor, so as to make a court, yard, etc.; -- sometimes written quink.
A small channel, deeply recessed in proportion to its width, used to insulate and give relief to a convex rounded molding.
Quirk molding, a bead between two quirks.
© Webster 1913.